City Lights, the 18th floor rooftop bar atop Le Meridien Hotel in Uptown, is shaking things up with new decor and menu items.
But one thing hasn’t changed — City Lights is home to arguably the best and most complete view of the skyline, and that’s still the star of the show.
Bonus if it’s your thing: No dress code.
It still looks and feels mostly the same, but upgrades include additional shade sails, tons more plants and all new furniture — some of which lights up and flashes to the beat of the music.
All the white tables and giant planter heads illuminate after sunset and can be timed with the music.
They’ve been rolling out new drink offerings, including large-format shareable cocktails that have been a hit.
I also really enjoyed the Kiwi Smash ($11) with with raspberry vodka, kiwi demerara puree and lemon juice.
And the Jack of All Trades ($12) — a spin on a mojito with Barcardi, mint-infused demerara syrup, lime juice, hibiscus puree and coconut foam — is an Instagram dream.
Here’s the full City Lights cocktail menu:
The food menu is focused, limited to just 8 shareable small plates and snacks.
They’ve got standard items like a $15 charcuterie and cheese board and hummus with crudites along with BBQ sliders, shrimp tempura and even a lobster roll.
And they moved the kitchen upstairs to make it easier to serve the 18th floor.
Here’s the full City Lights food menu:
City Lights Rooftop is located at 555 S. McDowell Street on the 18th floor of Le Meridien Hotel.